Chess News

Check out a video from our friends at, celebrating kids who love chess and including plenty of shots from the National K-12 Grade Championships.
Posted: December 31, 2014, 5:14 pm
Al Lawrence of Texas Tech reports from the largest Pan-American Championship since 1986, hosted by the University of Texas at Brownsville in South Padre Island.
Posted: December 29, 2014, 12:24 pm
GM Ben Finegold's chess resolutions for 2015 include many that you might want to consider adopting: try a new opening play the same regardless of your opponent's rating.
Posted: December 28, 2014, 11:04 am
The Pan-American Championships have begun in South Padre Island. One of our writers on the scene, FSU student Ben Silva, scored a rare upset in round 1.
Posted: December 27, 2014, 10:56 pm
Joel Johnson, coach of 12th grade co-champion Nick DesMarais (with Samir Sen), analyzes Nick's key games from Orlando, and offers observations on the fierce teams in New York and Florida.
Posted: December 23, 2014, 10:05 pm
GM Irina Krush's report on the K-12 Champs in Orlando ranges from her thoughts on World Champion Magnus Carlsen's simul to impressions of some of our youngest new champs, including Jonathan Chen (Grade 1) Nico Chasin (Grade 2).
Posted: December 22, 2014, 3:08 pm
For a holiday present, composer GM Pal Benko presents 10 twin mates in two. How many can you solve?
Posted: December 21, 2014, 5:57 pm
December's check is in the mail features some of the most thrilling miniature postal games of 2014, as Alex Dunne says, the sharp cheese and crackers of the chess world.
Posted: December 21, 2014, 9:28 am
This year’s Pan-American Champs are set for University of Texas at Brownsville in scenic South Padre Island from Dec 27-30. IM Priyadharshan Kannappan of Lindenwood previews the event.
Posted: December 18, 2014, 8:17 pm
Results are in at the K-12 Grade Nationals in Orlando, Florida. New York teams shined at the official USCF National Championship event, winning in 11 out of the 13 sections.
Posted: December 17, 2014, 12:51 pm

After setting a United States record by becoming a grandmaster at 13, Sam Sevian is getting some help from the chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Posted: January 9, 2015, 5:00 am
Fabiano Caruana doesn’t play for the United States, but he is among a handful of players who could put high-level chess back in the spotlight.
Posted: December 14, 2014, 5:00 am
Five months after forcing Sonny Gibbs from his spot on the edge of a Harlem playground because he did not have a vending permit, New York City has welcomed him back.
Posted: November 17, 2014, 5:00 am
The commotion this week over whether The Times’s chess column was being discontinued or might survive was a reminder of how many people follow our chess and bridge coverage.
Posted: October 16, 2014, 8:09 pm
Organizational problems have plagued the current Grand Prix series, but Fabiano Caruana is holding the lead as expected.
Posted: October 12, 2014, 4:00 am
Players from India won six medals at the World Youth Championships in Durban, South Africa, twice the number as Russia.
Posted: October 5, 2014, 4:00 am
A team from Azerbaijan won the European Club Cup with a roster of players from six countries.
Posted: September 28, 2014, 4:00 am
For years, Sonny Gibbs sold flowers and taught chess at the edge of a playground, but the parks department banished him this spring because he had no permit.
Posted: September 27, 2014, 4:00 am
Bartlomiej Macieja, the chess coach at the University of Texas at Brownsville, finished a half-point ahead of a Ukrainian grandmaster that the Masters tournament in North Carolina.
Posted: September 21, 2014, 4:00 am
Hou Yifan’s victory in this year’s Grand Prix series may help her defend the women’s world championship.
Posted: September 14, 2014, 4:00 am

The 2015 Moscow Open – 11th International RSSU Chess Cup is scheduled to take place from 29th January to 9th February in Moscow, Russia. The total prize fund of the festival is 4,300,000 RUB (approximately 57,000 €), more information here. Top seeded players are:  GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2714, GM Lysyj, Igor 2700, GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2679, GM Sjugirov, Sanan 2678, GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2675, GM Grachev, Boris 2670, GM Fedoseev, Vladimir 2668, GM [...]
Author: videnova
Posted: January 30, 2015, 11:24 pm
The opening ceremony of the Moscow Open 2015 – RSSU Chess Cup, section H, was held on Friday at the Russian State Social University. The participants were welcomed by the RSSU Rector Natalia Pochinok, prefect of the North-Eastern Moscow District Valery Vinogradov, ECU General Secretary Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and Tournament Director Alexander Kostyev. More than 700 [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: January 30, 2015, 8:20 pm
Daily news broadcast featuring The Governor of Gibraltar HE Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton, Chess Festival Director Stuart Conquest and some of the top players including Sara Sadat Khadem-al-sharieh, Stephen Whatley and Pentala Harikrishna during the 2015 Tradewise Gibraltar Open Chess Tournament. Presented by: Tania Sachdev (IM) Special guest: Stuart Conquest (GM) Produced by: Georgina [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: January 30, 2015, 7:46 pm
The 2015 Moscow Open B – Women’s Cup takes place from 29th January to 9th February, 2015, in Moscow, Russia. The total prize fund of the festival is 4,300,000 RUB (approximately 57,000 €), more information here. Top seeded are WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS (2451), WGM Lei Tingjie CHN (2429), WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska Karina POL (2415), WGM Kovanova Baira RUS (2405) and [...]
Author: videnova
Posted: January 30, 2015, 7:27 pm
Live games with analysis from Gibraltar
Author: chessdom
Posted: January 30, 2015, 12:25 pm
The 2015 Vladimir Dvorkovich Memorial, stage of the Russian Chess Cup Men 2015, was held from 18-26th January, 2015, at the Congress Hotel in Taganrog, Russia. The 9-round Swiss tournament gathered 82 players from Armenia, Spain, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia. Among them were 21 Grandmasters. The total prize fund was RUB 1,2 million. Talented junior [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: January 29, 2015, 11:31 pm
The 2nd edition International Prize from His Majesty King Mohammed VI is in progress at the Sacré coeur Cathedral, in the splendid city of Casablanca, situated on the western part of Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean. The event is organized under the auspices of the Council of the Greater Casablanca Region, the Council of the City of Casablanca [...]
Author: videnova
Posted: January 29, 2015, 11:18 pm
The Armenian Rapid Chess Championship 2015 took place on 24th January in Yerevan. 46 players participated in the 9-round Swiss event with the time control 10′+5”. Final standings: 1 GM Petrosian Tigran L. Yerevan – 7 2 GM Andriasian Zaven Yerevan – 6.5 3 IM Kalashian David Gyumri – 6.5 4 GM Sargissian Gabriel Yerevan [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: January 29, 2015, 10:47 pm
The Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 is scheduled to take place from 13-19th February, 2015, at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville, in Zurich, Switzerland. The supporting programme features Sergey Karjakin who will be playing a simultaneous exhibition against the sponsors at the “Zunfthaus zur Saffran” on 12th February. A real gem will be the rapid [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: January 29, 2015, 5:46 pm
Yi Liu has become the 2015 Australian Junior Champion after winning the Under 18 Open section of the Australian Junior Championship. He scored 8/9, conceding two draws on his way to first place. Kristine Quek is the 2015 Australian Girls Champion, winning the Under 18 Girls section with 6.5/8. Other title winners were Patrick Gong [...]
Author: Goran
Posted: January 29, 2015, 5:25 pm

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